How to Reupholster a Kneeling Chair

You can easily reupholster your worn kneeling chair without having to take it to a professional. Furniture reupholstering is a quick and cheap way of revamping a worn out furniture item and thus giving it an amazing look.  Kneeling chairs are usually made with fabric-covered stuffing for the seat, backrest and the knee seats. The following are the steps that will help you to perform the upholstering yourself.

What you need for the project

  • Flat-headed screwdriver
  • A pair of needle-nose pliers
  • Hammer or rubber mallet
  • Tacks
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • Upholstering fabric
  • Adhesive glue,
  • Staples and upholstering tacks,
  • New cotton batting or foam,
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun

Step 1: Preparations

It is necessary to repair any damage on the kneeling chair before upholstering it. For those chairs with structural damages that cannot be repaired, it would be better to save your effort and time by buying a new chair instead.

Step 2: Choosing the Fabric

To choose the perfect fabric to reupholster a kneeling chair you need a vision of how the kneeling chair should look after the process is done. The fabric should be chosen based on its pattern, texture and color. These should ideally be matched by the décor of the room in which the chair is used.

You can look for the exact fabric used in the original kneeling chair or change it to your taste; there will be a wide selection available in your local store. The best pick in quality upholstery fabrics should be any blend of cotton which has a tight weave, feels stable, non-stiff and without running colors. Modern upholstery fabrics are durable and stain-resistant.

Step 3: Getting the job done

Begin by removing all the upholstery tacks and staples used in the kneeling chair. This should be done using your pair of needle-nose pliers. Carefully remove the old fabric without tearing it and then the batting. Next, lay out those old fabric pieces on your new fabric and cut out new pieces. Though the new fabrics should match the templates leave two or three extra inches all around.  Now it is time to place your padding foam or batting on the pieces of the fabric.

More padding is needed on the knee seats, the seat and the backrest in that order. Once the batting has been evenly spread on the fabric attach it carefully on the respective part of your kneeling chair and staple with the gun or tack it with the mallet.

Ensure that you tack the fabric well into the frame sides and pull it through to the back or from the underside. The fabric should be fastened on the four sides before you staple it to the wood frame. Whether it is for the backrest, seat or knee seats make sure that you spread the fabric to fit smoothly and without folding.

Reupholstering will renew the life of your old kneeling chair. When compared to the cost of replacing the chair, reupholstering is definitely cheaper. If the job is done well, you will have created a kneeling chair heirloom to last a few more generations.